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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
• Ted Miller looks at year one of the Pac-12 conference and likes what he sees.

Let's not romanticize things too much. The Pac-10 became the Pac-12 to make more money. Hard to say that mission wasn't accomplished...

...As we eyeball the future, let's have no illusions about what needs to happen next: Winning...

Amid massive change across the college football landscape, Year 1 of the Pac-12 certainly feels like a success. And promising for the future.

• Brandon P. Oliver (Insider subscription) wonders who will be the impact frosh for the Ducks in 2012 and his list includes the likes of RB Bryon Marshall, TE Evan Bayliss and DL Dwayne Stanford. But right near the top is Arik Armstead.

The U.S. Army All-American brings size and athleticism that Oregon has been lacking on the defensive line in years past. While the Ducks should have their best line in years, the 6-foot-7, 280-pound Armstead is simply too big and talented to keep on the sidelines.

• Courtesy of Brett Hambright, Jake Reed and Tommy Thorpe are currently competing with the USA Collegiate National Team, and will be participating in the Prospect Classic this week.

The Collegiate National Team’s schedule plays through July 22 as the club will travel to The Netherlands to play in Honkbal-Haarlem Baseball Week. The CNT will compete against Japan, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Chinese Taipei and The Netherlands during the series.


Friday, June 29, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
ESPN announced they will continue to televise the Rose Bowl through 2026 yesterday.

The Rose Bowl will continue to be televised by ESPN through 2026, thanks to a deal announced Thursday by the Tournament of Roses, ESPN and the commissioners of the Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences.

The Rose Bowl will be part of the postseason bowl rotation, hosting semifinal games on two occasions between 2015 and 2026. Those games, plus games when the Rose Bowl is not part of the rotation, will be played at 5 p.m. ET on Jan. 1 (Jan. 2 if New Year's Day is a Sunday).

Ted Miller believes Oregon is in "good shape" at the tight end position as he continues his Pac-12 positional reviews.

His name was David Paulson, but the Pac-12 blog's go-to postgame interview is gone, which vexes me. His name is Colt Lyerla, and he's a freakish athlete who made a number of big plays last year, converting his seven receptions to five TDs and 147 yards -- 21 yards per catch. But things are iffy thereafter, with true freshman Evan Baylis, who was on hand for spring practices, a leading candidate for the No. 2 spot.

• Josh White@ looks at a streak that just keeps on giving, beating Dawgs eight years in a row.

• David Melo opens the history book and remembers when it was fourth and long how Oregon relied on punter Josh Bidwell during the late 90's in this Q&A session.

One of the greatest punters in Oregon football history, known for doing the spectacular booming kicks deep and pinning opponents inside the 10, made a big difference in his time at Oregon helping lead the Ducks to the success of the late 90s...


Thursday, June 28, 2012

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

• Keeerrrttt1 talks one-on-one with Sports Chat503 co-host Rian Winter. Rian reflects on the 2011-12 season and look ahead to the 2012-13 season.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Chip Kelly (:14 to :43) talks about the new playoff system in this video from ESPN.

Is Oregon's rise to national prominence due to the influence of Nike? Personally, I think there are a lot of factors other than just Uncle Phil but it sure doesn't hurt.

The Nike connection and the trendsetting have played a major factor in the Ducks rise to the top of the college football world. While it is impossible to measure, it is clearly one of the main factors that has prospects out of football hotbeds like Texas, Georgia and Florida taking a serious look at the Ducks.

 Ted Miller continues positional reviews in the Pac-12 with a look at the receivers where you will find Oregon in the "good shape" category.

Neither De'Anthony Thomas nor Josh Huff are "pure" receivers, but they are dynamic athletes that any team would want. Rahsaan Vaughn should take another step forward, as should Daryle Hawkins. Of the three redshirt freshmen, B.J. Kelly seems to have advanced the most compared to the more touted Devon Blackmon and Tacoi Sumler. Keanon Lowe could get into the mix, and hopes are high for incoming freshman Bralon Addison.

• Recent Oregon commit, TE John Mundt, possesses a throwback work ethic according to this ESPN Insider article. (subscription required) If you don't have an ESPN subscription this was Mundt's comment that caught my attention:

"Oregon has a great history at tight end and has some incredible talent there right now,” Mundt said. “I know that I'm going to be at the bottom of the totem pole the minute I arrive in Eugene. I actually like it that way. Nothing is given to you in this world. You have to earn it.” 

"I went to the bottom of the totem pole once before. I learned a lot about myself and grew up a lot while making the transition. Going from a high school in Modesto to the Pac-12 champions is a bigger jump than Hughson to Central Catholic was, but that just makes me excited about how hard I am going to have to work to accomplish what I want."


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Adam Jude relays the big news from yesterday, the BCS is now  in agreement over a four team playoff model.

A committee of university presidents on Tuesday approved the BCS commissioners' plan for a four-team playoff to start in the 2014 season.

The move completes a six-month process in which the commissioners have been working on a new way to determine a college football champion. Instead of simply matching the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the country in a championship game after the regular season, the way the Bowl Championship Series has done since 1998, the new format will create a pair of national semifinals. No. 1 will play No. 4, No. 2 will play No. 3.

The winners will advance the national championship game. The teams will be selected by a committee, similar to the way the NCAA basketball tournament field is set. There are still some details to work out, but all the decision-makers are on board.

Ted Miller has a new video about hope and concern in the Pac-12 where he talks mostly about Oregon and USC.

Oregon fits into the "great shape" category in this ESPN Pac-12 positional review for running backs.

ESPN has launched a new recruiting site dedicated to Duck recruiting. If you are an ESPN Insider you can view it here or catch this post for some relevant news.

• Speaking of recruiting, Oregon picked up their seventh verbal commitment from Matt Wogan. A 6'2" 195lb. kicker from North Carolina.

Scott wonders if fans are really "part of the game," short answer, hell yes they are.

I tend to believe there is a multi-factoral combination of different aspects that draw us to sports. There is the tribalism, the social connection, the aesthetic beauty and the feeling of a tangible goal at the end: victory...

...It may be the coaches and players physically participating as fans observe, but emotionally fans remain every bit as invested as the players do, sharing in the revelry of victory or despairing in the bitterness of defeat. For that reason, saying ‘we won’ is very apt....

...As we contemplate another season at Autzen Stadium, let us enjoy all the little things that make football the great game that it is.


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Josh Schlichter looks at how Oregon and Chip Kelly stay one-step ahead of the competition.

Ted Miller is starting his Pac-12 position reviews and looks at quarterback first. He has Oregon in the "good shape" category.

This is a case of Chip Kelly earning the benefit of the doubt. We saw Bryan Bennett play and play well last year when Darron Thomas was hurt. So if Marcus Mariota is good enough to eclipse him, then he must be pretty darn good.


Monday, June 25, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

• Summertime and nothing really happening in the world of Duck football (which is good) I decided to go back and look at 2011-12 player highlights for returning players. First up, De'Anthony Thomas. Enjoy!


Sunday, June 24, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
• Steve Maher compares two of the best Oregon defenses, the 1994-95 and the 2010-11 squads. Steve tries to determine the "best" and finds they were pretty evenly matched.

Interestingly, one of the few common denominators between the 1994-95 and 2010-11 teams is that both had the same defensive coordinator, one Nick Aliotti...

In the meantime, with no clear-cut winner, we’re left to compare, contrast, consider, ponder, wonder.

And — if you’re a Duck fan — hope the 2012-13 Oregon defense enters this same discussion some day.


Saturday, June 23, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Keeerrrttt1 talks Oregon athletics in his 48th Vlog. Topics include:

New football commits (0:30), US Olympic Trials (3:40), Post-season accolades (5:27), Pac-12 network update (6:45), College football playoffs (7:40), update (8:46), Random Tweet of the Week (10:39), Music Recommendation of the Week: (10:50)...

• Aaron Fentress repots the backfield will be very crowded in 2013.

Oregon long ago landed a commitment from 5-star back Thomas Tyner out of Aloha High School. At 6-2, 200, he resembles what a running back would look like if one spliced the DNA of LaMichael James and Jonathan Stewart to create a super back. Tyner is bigger and more powerful than James, faster than both.

Having De'Anthony Thomas, Byron Marshall and Thomas Tyner on tap for 2013 is a group most programs would envy. But Oregon added to that lot by recently receiving an early commitment from 4-star back Dontre Wilson out of DeSoto, Texas. rates him as the No. 2 all-purpose back in the country. He's listed at 5-10, 176 and resembles Barner on film.

Courtesy of Jimmie Sherfy was named to Baseball America's 2012 College All-America second team, the publication announced yesterday.

Oregon’s closer has now totaled four All-American nods from such organizations as the American Baseball Coaches Association, Louisville Slugger and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.


Friday, June 22, 2012

All 88 Oregon TD's from 2011-12

• Here you go Duck fans, a little Friday morning bonus. All 88 Oregon TD's from the 2011-12 season. Enjoy.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Josh Schlichter wonders if Chip Kelly can learn something from Mike Leach's "6" route?

Perhaps the next phase in the Oregon offense is utilizing some "run and shoot" style routes, taking the simplistic approach of getting their best athletes into open space downfield. It is only logical to put DeAnthony Thomas or BJ Kelley into the “six” system, something that may become a more standard element of head coach Chip Kelly’s scheme.

With time to work with his young signal-callers, Coach Kelly has the ability to create an even more unstoppable offensive juggernaut, through simplicity. Oregon has world-class athletes, get them the ball in open space.

Josh White looks at what USC coach Lane Kiffin missed out on, De'Anthony Thomas, and wonders if Kiffin's assessment of Thomas' NFL potential is accurate.

In the end, it really doesn’t matter what position DAT might play in the NFL. That is for the NFL team who drafts him to decide, and for fans to debate.


Thursday, June 21, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Keeerrrttt1 goes one-on-one with FishDuck writer Josh Schlichter as they talk about Oregon Football and Josh's experiences at the U of O as a student.

ESPN examines Chip Kelly's NFL potential.

• Rob Moseley reports that Oregon's BCS contention in 2012 corresponded with solid academic performance.

• Oregon picks up another verbal commitment. Three star, 6'3" WR Darren Carrington out of San Diego, CA.

• Another Heisman contender list, this time for the Pac-12. Oregon places three in the top 25, De'Anthony Thomas at #3, Kenjon Barner at #7 and Michael Clay at #22.

• Kevin Gemmell looks at the Pac-12's recent history vs. the Top 25. Oregon sits at number one with a 12-5 (.705) record.

• Looks like a new BCS playoff system is getting closer to reality.

The BCS commissioners and Notre Dame's athletic director on Wednesday endorsed a seeded four-team playoff model for college football beginning in the 2014 season.

The commissioners' consensus still must be approved by the BCS presidential oversight committee, which meets June 26 in Washington D.C. If approved, the four-team playoff would replace the BCS system, which has been in place since 1998.

• follows the 2013 Duck baseball team as they head out for summer ball. They have the complete list of where you can find your favorite player.


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Kevin Gemmell wonders who has something to prove in the Pac-12 North? Making his list from Oregon is Josh Huff.

On the surface, the obvious pick here is Kenjon Barner with the oh-so-obligatory "can he be the featured back" question. Let's go ahead and address that right now. Yes, he can. There, that was easy. Huff, however, has yet to really show what he's capable of. 

Last year he was partly hampered by injury (31 catches, 430 yards, two touchdowns) and Lavasier Tuinei was the preferred target. No doubt, the potential is there (see how he made Stanford defenders look silly on his 59-yard touchdown catch). Huff's status remains up in the air pending next month's trial for a DUI citation, so we'll have to see how that plays out. The Ducks have so much offensive potency that they don't need him to be great. But wouldn't it be a whole lot better if he was?

ESPN looks at the ultimate Pac-12 road trip for week one of football season which includes a stop at Autzen Stadium to watch Oregon take on Arkansas St. (I love the Ducks but you gotta wonder about that choice...IMO)

Scott looks at the evolution of college football recruiting since the birth of ESPN.


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

• Josh Schlichter breaks down Oregon's mid-level read option play in a FishDuck Minute.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
• Duck Territory reports 6'5" 235 lb. Modesto, CA tight end Johnny Mundt has verbally committed to the Ducks.

"I just love the way Oregon recruited me and I'm ready to be a Duck," Mundt said. "They talked to my baseball and football coaches about me. The athletic director, counselors, teachers all spoke with Oregon coaches about me. That tells me they care about my character and I respect that."

• ESPN reports (no surprise here) that Oregon and USC are the favorites to win the Pac-12 title race but look closer at the second level contenders.

Harris also scrapes the surface of the much anticipated Oregon-USC showdown, noting that while Oregon does have to go on the road to the Coliseum in the regular season, the Ducks also have the best defense of the Chip Kelly era.


Monday, June 18, 2012

Duck Stuff Morning Mud

• Keeerrrttt1 talks Oregon athletics in his 47th Vlog. Topics include:

Baseball update (0:33), New UO President (1:58), Summer events (2:19), Football TV schedule (3:20), Olympic Trials (4:10), Football101: Girly Guide (4:22), update (5:09), Advertisers (7:00), Random Tweet of the Week (7:48), Music Recommendation of the Week: (8:00)...

• Joel Gunderson wonders if the Oregon-USC showdown could have Tiger Woods-like effect on the Pac-12.

November 3, 2012. The ball is in your court, Trojans. The time is now, Ducks. Capitalize, captivate, and capture the spotlight. Let the chip shot roll slowly and dramatically towards the cup. Then smile as it falls in gracefully, and reap the rewards that will follow.


Sunday, June 17, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Steve Maher wonders if the Ducks are on the verge of defensive greatness?

One of the most famous lines ever uttered about the Oregon football program came in 2003 after the Ducks upset No. 3 Michigan at home. Autzen Stadium, wrote The Michigan Daily’s J. Brady McCullough, is “where great teams go to die.”

Give the Duck program a killer offense and a killer defense and the new saying may be: “Play Oregon anywhere … and prepare to die.”


Saturday, June 16, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud reports that a limited number of Oregon season football tickets will go on sale starting Monday at 9am PT.

Both Regular Reserved Seats and End Zone Reserved Seats for the Ducks' seven-game regular-season home schedule are expected to be available ranging from $396 to $486, with a limited quantity of tickets available in both non-donation and donation-required sections.

Jon Wilner lays out all the scenarios as they stand today regarding the Pac-12 Network and what will be available to fans.

John Canzano talks (audio podcast) with former Oregon defensive back, and current head football coach at Jeffereson High School, Aaron Gipson talk about his new job.

Several members from the football team will join representatives from other Oregon sports programs will team up with the organization Courts for Kids to build a sports court in Los Cerros, Dominican Republic, June 15-23.

The 15 student-athletes will have the chance to experience a different culture and interact with a population who possess different values and norms, and providing the University representatives the chance to grow and learn in the process.


Friday, June 15, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Oregon OL Ryan Clanton gives you an All-Access tour of the Oregon Treatment Center. Video courtesy of Goducksdotcom.

Ted Miller looks at the top sack leaders in the Pac-12 and near the top is Dion Jordan.

• Josh White looks at the "De'Anthony Debate." What is the best use of DAT on the football field?

The Pac-12 along with ESPN announced the early part of the opening broadcast schedule for football yesterday.

Oregon's season opener for 2012 will be a night game, with the Ducks hosting Arkansas State on Sept. 1 for a 7:30 p.m. PT kickoff on ESPN, it was announced Thursday.

Also picked up Thursday by the ESPN umbrella of networks were the Ducks' conference opener, Sept. 22 against Arizona, and an Oct. 18 game at Arizona State. The Ducks and Wildcats will play at a time to be determined on either ABC, ESPN or ESPN2, while the Ducks and Sun Devils will play their Thursday night game at 6 p.m. PT on ESPN.

Oregon's other two nonconference games were selected for national broadcast by Pac-12 Networks. The Ducks will host Fresno State on Sept. 8 at 3:30 p.m. and Tennessee Tech on Sept. 15 at noon.

Ted Miller and ESPN rank the top Pac-12 football facilities. No surprise at who is at number one, Oregon.

1. Oregon: The Ducks' football facilities are among the best in the nation. And a new football operations building will make things even more outrageously impressive.


Thursday, June 14, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Keeerrrttt1 goes one-on-one with former Oregon WR Joe Reitzug. They talk about his former playing days as a fan favorite wide receiver from 1986-1990.

Adam Jude reports on Chip Kelly walking with Tiger Woods and Casey Martin (w/picture) as the two played a practice round yesterday at The Olympic Club in San Francisco.

"It was awesome," Kelly said later, while watching his friend Martin on the practice green. "I had a blast. ... (Woods) was actually pretty relaxed out there, joking around, talking football a little bit."

Ted Miller believes the Pac-12 defenses will be among the best in the nation in 2012. Regarding Oregon:

This occurred to me as Kevin and I have done our "Strongest Position Group" feature. It seemed notable that both Oregon and Stanford, offensive superpowers the past few seasons, are strongest on defense, and a number of other conference teams are the same way. 

In fact, it would not be surprising if Oregon, Stanford, USC, California and Utah each produce a top-25 defense. Each unit also is notably strong up front, which isn't typically where Pac-12 defenses are best. 

Ted also lists the strongest position group this year for Oregon, linebacker.

• Jim Maloney opens the history book and looks at Oregon's rich history of football/baseball dual sport athletes.

• reports that Oregon closer Jimmy Sherfy has been voted Second Team All-American by the NCAA Writers Association.

His 19 saves rank second in the country and lead the Pac-12, and he ended the year with a 5-3 record and 2.20 ERA. In a staff-leading 36 appearances, Sherfy held opposing batters to a .172 clip.


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has a collection of links concerning Duck football and one of them is a Athlon Sport's article about the likely Oregon-USC matchup (s) in 2012.

Athlon Sports took the plunge in trying to answer perhaps "the" question about the upcoming Pac-12 season, and their conclusion doesn't bode well for Oregon. You'd be hard-pressed to find an analyst who doesn't believe the Ducks and USC will meet both in the regular season and in the conference title game in 2012, and Athlon isn't bucking that trend. But unfortunately for the UO faithful (if you put any weight in this prediction) the annual preview magazine picks the Trojans to win both games, the only losses in an 11-2 projected season for Oregon.

Ted Miller breaks down the cost of recruiting in the Pac-12 as compiled ESPN and you will find Oregon at the top of the list.

Mark Flores has all the latest recruiting news in his weekly update.

ESPN analyst Brock Huard projects Oregon's title chances.

The winner of Oregon's visit to USC on Nov. 3 will likely get to host the conference title game (the division winner with the better record will play at home), so a loss in the regular-season meeting is that much more damaging to the Ducks' title hopes. Beating a team that could be the preseason No. 1 one time will be hard enough, but twice could be too much to ask of any program.

Aaron Fentress says the Oregon baseball team is built for continued success in 2013.

The bar has been raised for Oregon baseball.

A new approach that stressed execution and accountability led the Ducks to finish third in the conference, earn a national No. 5-seed in the NCAA baseball playoffs and come within one win of reaching the College World Series.

Based on the glut of returning talent, the Ducks should have another good shot at reaching that goal next season.


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Charles Fisher has his third installment of Chip Kelly game planning ready for your enjoyment. In this video Charles looks at some surprise formations and the ensuing plays from last season. Good stuff.

Oregon's bid to make a trip to Omaha came to an end last night as they dropped the deciding game to Kent St. 3-2. George Horton talks to reporters after the game in this press conference. It was a great season Ducks and you went further than anyone expected.

• Ted Miller was busy yesterday and has three posts concerning Oregon football.

First up he looks at the Pac-12's official list of returning starters where you will find Oregon with 14. Then he lists the Pac-12 media day schedule with Chip Kelly, Kenjon Barner and Michael Clay representing the Ducks. Finally, he references the Pac-12's leading tacklers. Leading the pack is Michael Clay but Ted has some thoughts about Oregon.

Safety John Boyett led the Ducks with 108 total tackles, but you'd expect that number to go down because of the strength of the Ducks' front seven. Clay is a good pick to repeat as the defense's leader, but Kiko Alonso might eclipse him as he becomes a full-time starter inside.


Monday, June 11, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

• Keeerrrttt1 talks Oregon athletics in his weekly Vlog. His topicks this week include:

Track & Field recap (0:50), baseball update (2:44), Basketball update (6:29), update (7:16), Random Tweet of the Week (9:18), Music Recommendation of the Week: (9:30)...

• Oregon evened their series vs. Kent St. last night with a 3-2 come from behind victory.

Jake Reed battled back after allowing two early runs, and so did the rest of the teammates as No. 10 Oregon kept its College World Series hopes alive with a 3-2 victory at PK Park on Sunday night.

The third and deciding game is this afternoon at 4:00pm PDT and will be aired on ESPNU. The winner moves on to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.


Sunday, June 10, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

• After the Oregon Ducks lost 7-6 to Kent State in Game 1 of the Eugene Super Regional, the coach and players talk about missed chances, errors and what's next. (courtesy of Molly Blue and the Oregonian)

From Errors too much to overcome as Oregon lost to Kent St. last night 7-6.

Oregon fought back for the final seven innings on Saturday night at PK Park, but the Ducks came up just one hit short in a 7-6 loss to Kent State in the first game of the Eugene Super Regional.

The Ducks and Golden Flashes will return to action at PK Park tomorrow at 7 p.m. for game two of the Super Regional.

• Steve Maher talks about early Duck football recruits, rankings and point spreads.

With splashy uniforms and an offense operating at breakneck speed, Oregon football could be characterized as anything but conservative.

Except when it comes to recruiting, it seems...Slow and sure is Oregon’s mantra.


Saturday, June 09, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Goducksdotcom has a pretty sweet compilation of highlights from last year posted for your viewing pleasure.

Kevin Gemmell tries to predict who will make the 1,000 yard receiving club next year in the Pac-12 and mentions De'Anthony Thomas for Oregon.

Whether De'Anthony Thomas reaches 1,000-1,000 is a debate for another day. But I like his chances of 1,000 yards receiving. He caught 46 balls for 605 yards and nine touchdowns last season. Coach Chip Kelly finds creative ways to get Thomas the ball in space and then he just takes off. He'll make the new quarterback look good and suck up receiving yards in the process. My crisp $1 bill says yes to 1K.

Chip Kelly gets a little revenge as he will pick out Casey Martin's wardrobe next week as Martin takes his shot in the U.S. Open being held at The Olympic Club in San Francisco.

• The 1954 Duck baseball team recently met to reminisce about their improbable run to the College World Series. So far, it has been the only time an Oregon team made it to the big show.

Aaron Fentress reminds us that Oregon is only two wins away from making it to this years College World Series. One player sounds like he doesn't need any reminders.

Catcher Brett Hambright said that as a child he fantasized more about playing in the College World Series than he did the MLB's World Series. 

“Knowing that were only two games away is something surreal to me,” he said. “Even though it’s so close, there’s still a lot of work to do.”


Friday, June 08, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Time to get pumped up for the Super Regional series happening this weekend at PK Park. Video courtesy of Goducksdotcom.

Oregon baseball coach George Horton talks about preparing for the Super Regional matchup against Kent St. Video courtesy of rgsportsvideo. (Chris Pietsch/The Register-Guard)

• Aaron Fentress names three reasons the baseball team has been so successful this year. guest writer, coach Tony Demeo lists his universal truths of offensive football.

• Josh White gives you his over/under on what to expect from the Oregon defense based on the numbers from last years.

Will the defense hold up their end of the bargain, keeping up with the torrid pace of the Oregon offense? Will they be better or worse than the Rose Bowl Champion defense of last year?


Thursday, June 07, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Keeerrrttt1 goes one-on-one with Oregonian beat writer Jeffrey Martin as they talk Oregon athletics.

Kevin Gemmell figures Kenjon Barner should have no troubles reaching the 1,000 yard mark this season.

He was knocking on the door last year with 939 -- and that was behind LaMichael James and his 1,805 yards. Barner will see more carries than his 152 last season, though he'll still have to split carries with De'Anthony Thomas and the Ducks' new quarterback. Still, no one in the conference runs the ball more than Oregon so Barner shouldn't have any trouble getting there.

Rob Moseley believes the Ducks are just getting warmed up when it comes to recruiting for next year.

The spring recruiting evaluation period is behind the UO coaching staff, and a series of summer camps and other chances to get prospects on campus loom on the horizon. Those chances for face-to-face recruiting, at high schools in May and Oregon’s campus this summer, are prime opportunities to identify future Ducks. reports Jake Reed has been named as a Fresman All-American.

Oregon right-hander Jake Reed was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American, it was announced by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper on Wednesday.

Reed, who was named to the Eugene All-Regional team last Sunday, enters this weekend with a 2.93 ERA and 7-4 record. 

He is expected to start on Sunday as the Ducks will host Kent State in a Super Regional at PK Park.


Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
• Oregon closer Jimmie Sherfy has been named one of five finalists for the Stopper of the Year Award. (courtesy of

Sherfy has helped Oregon advance to Super Regionals this season and earned Louisville Slugger third team All-America honors, while also being voted to the Pac-12 All-Conference Team. In 58 and 1/3 innings of work, he is 5-2 and owns a 2.16 ERA with 18 saves (fourth nation) and 87 strikeouts.  Opponents are hitting .176 off the native of Camarillo, Calif., while he is averaging 13.4 strikeouts per nine innings.

• Mark Flores keeps us up to the minute with all the latest Oregon recruiting news.

• Aaron Fentress gives us a first look at Oregon's opponent in the Super Regional, Kent St.

Oregon’s baseball team could not ask for a better situation.

Kent State (44-17, Ohio), out of the Mid-American Conference, is the only obstacle standing between Oregon and a trip to Omaha, Neb.

Underdog? Maybe. But the Golden Flashes will ride into Eugene propelled by three wins over two very good teams and will be playing with house money.

But clearly, this is the Ducks super regional to lose.


Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Charles Fisher talks X's and O's in part two of how Chip Kelly game plans. Good stuff.

• Kevin Gemmell checked in with Athlon Sorts as they asked which is the bigger loss, LaMichael James or Darron Thomas? Consensus was DT. As one writer said:

While the quarterback position hasn't been difficult to fill for Chip Kelly, either, replacing Thomas will most assuredly be more complicated. First, Barner and Thomas have loads of experience and talent, while Thomas replacements Bryan Bennett and Marcus Mariota have a combined one career start and 46 career pass attempts (all from Bennett).

Kevin also has a Pac-12 recruiting roundup.

It's official. Oregon will host a Super Regional series beginning Saturday as they take on Kent St. at 8pm. The game will be televised on ESPNU HD.

Oregon men's golf coach Casey Martin won his way into the U.S. Open by winning a qualifying event at Emerald Valley Golf Club yesterday.

Jon Wilner lays out Pac-12 revenue last year.

Rob Moseley believes former Oregon TE Justin Wilcox will do just fine in his new gig as a co-host for a sports talk show on 1080-AM in Portland.

Wilcox is co-hosting a three-hour show that starts at noon. Besides being a clutch performer whose touchdown against Arizona in 1994 and Rose Bowl performance later that season are prominent moments in UO football history, Wilcox has a ton of personality, and no doubt this new venture will be entertaining.


Monday, June 04, 2012

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

• Keeerrrttt1 shares some of the top stories from last week in Oregon athletics in his latest Vlog. Topics include:

Softball update (1:12), golf update (2:56), baseball update (3:45), track & field update (5:07), update (6:32), Random Tweet of the Week (8:37), Music Recommendation of the Week: (8:49)...


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

• Courtesy of Jake Reed pitched seven scoreless innings and Brett Thomas had three RBIs as Oregon finished off the NCAA Baseball Division I Championship's Eugene Regional with an 8-1 victory against Austin Peay Sunday night.

In the likelihood that Oregon hosts a Super Regional next weekend at PK Park, all-session tickets are currently on sale at  The Ducks will play the winner of the Gary Regional, Kent State, in a best of three series. Selection of the eight super regional hosts as well as dates and game times will be announced on, Monday at approximately 11 p.m. (ET).

Single-game tickets will go on sale at 5 p.m., Wednesday. (Video courtesy of KVAL)

Oregon third baseman Ryan Hambright won MVP honors of the Eugene Regional with a .636 batting average during the tournament.

• Joel Gunderson believes Arik Armstead has a chance to change Oregon football forever.

Armstead’s time is now. Offensive skill players are flocking to Eugene at a record rate, and there seems to be no sign of Oregon’s ability to recruit elite athletes slowing down. Armstead has been the lone missing piece in achieving the ultimate goal, an overpowering defensive line. A dominating career by the baby-faced defensive end could make it cool for game-changing D-line prospects to come to Oregon.


Sunday, June 03, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

• From Senior right-hander Alex Keudell became Oregon’s career leader in wins, helping the Ducks defeat Cal State Fullerton 7-5 in the Eugene Regional on Saturday night.

Oregon (44-17), the No. 5 national seed, improved to 2-0 in the NCAA tournament and will play the winner of the Cal State Fullerton-Austin Peay elimination game Sunday at 4 p.m. at PK Park for a chance to move on to the super regionals. Video courtesy of KVAL.

In softball news, #11 Oregon was eliminated from the CWS as they lost to #3 Cal 6-3 in Oklahoma City.

• Steve Maher lists his top ten off-season stories for the Oregon football team. Here is one of my favorites from the list:

No. 4 — Lack of off-field turmoil. No trips down Interstate 5 going 118 mph. No brawling on the streets of Eugene. We still have a few weeks to go in the off-season, but so far so good for the Oregon football players.


Saturday, June 02, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Oregon won their opening game against Austin Peay 6-5 after a controversial ninth inning play that allowed J.J. Altobelli to score and tie the game followed by an infield error on the next play which scored the winning run. Video courtesy of KVAL.

The Ducks play 12th-ranked and the Regional’s No. 2 seed Cal State Fullerton today at 6 pm at PK Park.

The women's softball team will need a victory today against Tennessee to fight off elimination in the CWS. There game is at 11:30am PT.


Friday, June 01, 2012

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

• Get pumped for a little baseball action coming your as Oregon plays their first game this afternoon in the NCAA Eugene Regional. Video courtesy of Goducksdotcom.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

• Not satisfied to be good in just one sport, Oregon has built an all-purpose Pac-12 juggernaut as celebrated in this Might Oregon video compilation. Courtesy of Goducksdotcom.

ESPN breaks down why the football team has a preseason #4 ranking.

Athlon Sports also has the Ducks at #4 on their list and gives you the multitude of reason why.

• Josh White predicts the likely over/under on major statistical categories without LMJ or DT in the lineup.

The Oregon softball team lost their opening game against defedning champion Arizona St. 3-1 yesterday evening in the CWS.

Oregon pitchers as Alex Keudell and Jimmie Sherfy were named Louisville Slugger All-Americans, it was announced by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper on Thursday.

After recounting the ballots some additions have been made by the Pac-12 conference on their All Conference baseball honors.

From Oregon, sophomore second baseman Aaron Payne and freshman right-hander Jake Reed were added.

Overall, the Ducks now have four honorable mentions selections as Ryon Healty and Aaron Jones were named Wednesday. Alex Keudell and Jimmie Sherfy are first teamers; Keudell is also Pitcher of the Year.